NASA’s newest test pilots are veteran astronauts, friends

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two astronauts who will test drive SpaceX’s brand new rocketship are classmates and friends, veteran spacefliers married to veteran spacefliers, and fathers of young sons. Together, they will end a nine-year drought for NASA when they blast into orbit next week from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center. Retired Marine Col. […]

Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

ATLANTA (AP) — One was a 94-year-old veteran of World War II who was the first of his 11 brothers to enlist in the military. One was a Vietnam veteran who lost his leg overseas and was always touched when people thanked him for his service. Another was drafted into the military at 18 and […]

Veterans groups, govt brace for surge in mental health needs

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Kristofer Goldsmith was discharged from the Army in 2007 he was in crisis. He had been trained as a forward observer — the person who spots a target and gives coordinates to artillery — but when he got to Iraq, the then 19-year-old instead found himself photographing dead bodies for […]

US senators seek probe of veterans homes after virus deaths

A group of U.S. senators is seeking an investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs’ oversight of homes for aging veterans amid a spate of coronavirus deaths at the state-run centers. In a letter sent Tuesday, the senators asked the head of the Government Accountability Office to look into the VA and states’ roles in […]

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